“How is that possible? A secret Chinese bank account. Listen, can you imagine if I had had a secret Chinese bank account when I was running for re-election?” Obama said in a campaign appearance for Joe Biden in Philadelphia. “You think Fox News might have been a little concerned about that? They would have called me Beijing Barry.”
Obama was making his first appearance on the campaign trail for Biden, after also headlining fundraisers and speaking at the Democratic National Convention.
His reference to Trump’s “secret Chinese bank account” was to a story in the New York Times that the president maintains an account in the country. Trump has slammed Biden as someone who is beholden to China, and has targeted Biden’s son Hunter for his business dealings there.
An attorney for the Trump organization, Alan Garten, told the Times that Trump’s company opened the account in China to pay local taxes there and they pursued business opportunities there.
“No deals, transactions or other business activities ever materialized and, since 2015, the office has remained inactive,” Garten told the Times. “Though the bank account remains open, it has never been used for any other purpose.”
In his speech, at a socially distanced drive in rally, Obama was scathing in his criticism of his successor, wondering why Trump’s behavior was even tolerated. “There are consequences to these actions. They embolden other people to be cruel and divisive and racist and it frays the fabric of our society.”
“I get this president wants full credit for the economy he inherited, and zero blame for the pandemic he ignored,” Obama said. “You know what? The job doesn’t work that way. Tweeting at the television doesn’t fix things.”
Obama also seemed to be baiting when he made a jab at the president’s TV ratings, which have long been a currency that Trump holds in high esteem.
“By the way, his TV ratings are down,” Obama said. “So you know that upsets him, but the thing is, this is not a reality show. This is reality. And the rest of us have had to live with the consequences of him proving himself incapable of taking the job seriously.”
Obama in Philadelphia: "[Trump]'s got a secret Chinese bank account … Can you imagine if I had secret Chinese bank account when I was running for reelection?! … They would've called me Beijing Barry.” pic.twitter.com/8BxUQ81DhF
— The Recount (@therecount) October 21, 2020
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